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Hymn: O what a power has years to change (FL)

Hymnal: The Christian Psalmist

Date: 1850

Compiler: Silas W Leonard and A D Fillmore

Publisher/Printer: S W Leonard

First Line: O what a power has years to change

Topic: <no topic given>

Writer: <no first name given> <no last name given>


Meter: 14


Hymn Number: 14

Page Number: 295, click to see hymnal pages


O WHAT a power

Each transient earthly scene,

To make the pleasures of the past

As though they had not been.

'Tis mournful to retrace the past,

And bring to memory's eye

The days, our brightest, happiest days

Of joyous infancy.

The world, was it not brighter then,

Without those cares and fears,

Which oft, like storm clouds, rise to burst

On our maturer years?

Have all the hopes been realized

Which thronged life's early dreams,

Or on the future does the star

Of promise shed its beams?

Ah, no! the flowers of hope we've learned

Oft blossom but to fade,

And though life has its sunny spots

It also has its shade.

But ah! the dream of youth has fled,

The brightest, purest ray

Which lights our pathway till the hour

We seek our kindred clay.